New Scenario for Transformation: How to Support Critical Reflection on Assumptions Through the Theatre of the Oppressed

  • Alessandra Romano


The chapter discusses Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in Higher Education programmes in relation to fostering transformative learning. Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a form of popular and participatory theatre that encourages democratic and cooperative forms of interaction (Boal, Theatre of the oppressed (C. A. McBride and M. O. Leal McBride, Trans.). New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1985). How, and to what extent, does TO enact collective dialogical and reflective practices in Higher Education classrooms? In what ways can TO methods shape and enhance transformative teaching and learning in Higher Education settings? This chapter addresses these questions and reflections on the power of TO summarized through a theoretical overview based on my experience as a practitioner. The second half of the chapter explores the precise and varied impacts of this practice based on empirical research.


Collective reflection Professional community Identity Theatre of the oppressed 


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  • Alessandra Romano
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  1. 1.University of SienaSienaItaly

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